The Woodland Trust in Wales (Coed Cadw) gave evidence this morning to the National Assembly for Wales’s Petitions Committee. We were called to give evidence to the Committee on a petition which we ran last summer entitled “Wales needs more native trees”, which collected over 2,000 signatures from across Wales from people backing a call for a doubling of native woodland by 2050.
As well as signing our petition, over 650 people also led by example by promising to plant a tree themselves. The meeting was an opportunity for us to explain to the Assembly the huge range of benefits native woodland and trees can offer, from health benefits, to flood alleviation and providing sustainable fuel for the future. The Assembly Members asked some very interesting questions and will be taking evidence from the Forestry Commission Wales on 2 February. They have also decided to ask a number of committees and Ministers for their input, and we hope that the evidence will result in improved grants schemes, partnerships with local authorities and a groundswell of support in the Assembly for native tree planting!
Watch the committee meeting as it happened here.